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Tim Jones

Civil & Commercial and Workplace Mediator


Practice Overview

Tim is an employment lawyer and an experienced mediator in the civil, commercial, employment and workplace disciplines.  He has more than 25 years’ experience and has conducted in excess of 200 mediations ranging in a variety of disputes.  Tim has been recognised as one of the best mediators in the country by Chambers and Partners.  Tim brings a commercial and analytical approach to resolving disputes.  He is able to understand and empathise with the parties and gain their trust at an early stage, enabling mediations to progress more speedily.  Whilst relaxed in manner, he brings an energy and dynamism required to unlock even the most difficult of cases. 


Professional Background

Tim is a partner and head of employment at a leading regional law firm.  Tim has extensive experience in both employment and civil litigation disputes dealing with all types of employment claims and civil claims.  He has a masters degree in Advanced Litigation and is a trained mediator with the ADR Group and the Association of Midlands Mediators. He is an experienced advocate and has appeared in Employment Tribunals nationally and in Northern Ireland. 

Recent mediation Cases:
  • Commercial dispute relating to the supply of mobile phones and airtime packages
  • Will dispute relating to the value of the deceased’s estate
  • Dispute concerning an insurance claim in respect of commercial premises
  • Workplace dispute concerning employees at a college of higher education
  • Partnership dispute concerning two partners in telecommunications business
  • Employment dispute regarding the recovery of training costs from a former employee
  • Employment and commercial dispute concerning minority shareholding issues and an unfair dismissal claim
  • Construction dispute concerning the nature and terms of the JCT contract between parties
  • Professional negligence claim against solicitors



  • Tim Jones garners praise for his ‘very calm and measured style’ and for remaining ‘practical and commercial’ at all times.  His broad practice spans civil, commercial and workplace disputes, and he has a strong track record in successfully handling complex and emotionally charged mediations. – Chambers and Partners

  • It was close to miraculous that we managed to reach a settlement yesterday, and I think you guided the mood perfectly in order to achieve that.  You certainly hit the right emotional notes with my clients, and you made what appeared to be a complex scenario really quite simple indeed.  I know that my clients were very grateful to you and your contribution certainly made life easier.  I would happily recommend you to anyone looking for a mediator. – Ali Tabari, Barrister, St Phillips Chambers

  • Your expert handling and patience resulted in a very good outcome for my clients.  It would be great to work together in the future and I would certainly recommend you to clients in the future. – Andrew McGuire, Barrister, St Phillips Chambers

  • Tim played an instrumental role during the mediation and I very much doubt  the parties would have agreed settlement terms without him.  Whilst his empathetic approach demonstrated a keen awareness of the personalities involved, his thorough understanding of the commercial issues, which included aspects of company, employment and property law, was vital in challenging the parties’ rather entrenched positions and finding common ground on which to reach a resolution. – Laura Davies, Litigation Associate, Willans

  • I instructed Tim to act as a mediator in a less than straight forward dispute which contained a lot of personal feeling.  Tim’s approach immediately assisted the client with feeling more comfortable with the situation and what would happen throughout the mediation combined with Tim’s own practical experience and knowledge, affable approach, his knowledge of the documentation and ability to cause both my client and his opponent to see the valid arguments being advanced by the other combined with the overall potential risk for both enabled and ensured a settlement was reached.  Tim is an exceptional mediator and I have no hesitation in putting him forward as a mediator when circumstances permit.  Top qualities: great results, personable, high integrity. - Stuart Southall, Lawyer, Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors

  • I found Tim to be extremely professional particularly in the handling of difficult parties in a most unusual situation which showed good insight and a fair degree of patience.  It was clear that he had a good understanding of commercial property law and civil litigation and the repercussions of the parties’ positions they had adopted on a legal and financial basis.  I would be happy to use him again and would recommend him to other solicitors – Tim Lawrence, Director, Thursfields

  • Tim's no nonsense, commercial reality approach combined with a willingness to work into the small hours was instrumental in resolving this emotionally charged dispute. - Leading Commercial Litigation QC Birmingham

  • Tim is thorough, approachable, pragmatic. He had a full grasp of the issues in dispute and the parties' positions right from the start of the mediation. - Litigation Partner in Birmingham Law Firm


Other Experience

  • A master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

  • A Neuro-linguistic programming accredited coach

  • A professional member of the Association of NLP Practitioners

  • A member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

  • A member and trainer for the International Education and Training Faculty of ADR Group

  • A qualified trainer for Nottingham Law School and has lectured regularly for clients and external bodies such as Central Law Training and the Institute of Personnel and Development.


Panel Memberships

  • ADR Group

  • Association of Midland Mediators

  • Talk Mediation Limited

  • Employment Lawyers Association

  • Discrimination Law Association

  • Law Society Professional Negligence Panel

  • Industrial Law Society


Areas of Specialism

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Shareholder Dispute
  • Trusts
  • Workplace

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